Wrapping Up Distracted Driving Awareness Month


April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Weekly Industry News has published several stories on the subject in the last month. Most focused on the use of smartphones while in vehicles.

As we move into the month of May, wrap up our series of stories with a survey taken by The Zebra. It took a look at reasons other than smartphones that get us distracted behind the wheel.

Other than driving, these are the 10 other reasons we’re distracted. You will find some of them — like number 1 — surprising.

1. Nose picking — 42.7% say they don’t use tissues while driving

2. Eating — 35.9% of those surveyed say they have eaten a whole meal while driving

3. Kissing — 27% say they’ve kissed someone while driving

4. Changing clothes — 26.8% of drivers say they have taken off clothing, or put clothing on while driving

5. Cleaning in a car or truck while driving — 25.3% say they’ve cleaned the dash or windows while driving

6. Doing their hair — 17.5% brushed their hair while driving

7. Doing makeup, or freshening up — 15.2% say they’ve applied makeup or deodorant while driving

*** an asterisk on number 7 — 1.1% said they’ve painted their nails while driving

8. Having sex — 14.9% of those surveyed say they’ve had sex or engaged in sexual activity while driving

9. Watching a video — 14.6% have watched a video on the cellphone or another device while driving

10. Selfies — 14.6% have taken a selfie while driving

When it comes to smartphone use while driving, The Zebra says nearly 2/3 of us know we shouldn’t use our phones while driving but do anyway.

By the way, getting caught doing that could lead to an increase in auto insurance rates of as much as 23%. In 2011 that jump would be about $5. The increase since then has jumped 7,000%.

Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com — https://bit.ly/3MSA59v

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